Yorkshire seamer Ben Coad stars under lights in first T20 Blast appearances

Ben Coad
Ben Coad

Ex-England internationals Ricky Clarke and Tim Ambrose were amongst the victims for Studley Royal’s Ben Coad as he made an impression on Yorkshire’s underwhelming T20 Blast campaign.

Coad played in Yorkshire’s final two T20 matches against Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Birmingham Bears, collecting four wickets in the process.

“It was a really good start to take four wickets for not many runs,” Coad told the Gazette.

After the White Rose struggled to build momentum in the group stage, head coach Jason Gillespie threw younger members of the squad in to gain much-needed experience at the latter part of the competition.

That meant Coad was handed his first chance in the shorter format and the seam bowler was the pick of the bowlers on debut against Northants.

He took the wickets of Josh Cobb, first ball, and Alex Wakeley in a three over spell of 2-24.

In the eight-wicket win over Birmingham, Coad had Ambrose caught behind before Clarke held out to Alex Lees as he took figures of 2-30.

The bowler admitted the build up to his debut had ruffled the butterflies in his stomach. But encouragement from the head coach ensured he could relax under the lights

Coad added: I’m always nervous before I play, but when I get the ball it seems much easier. It’s just when I’m in the field,

“Jason told us to go out there and prove why we should have been in the team. He wanted us to put on a good show and enjoy it as we didn’t have anything to lose.

“That’s what we did. We could feel there was a good energy amongst the lads and we are all had fun.”

The nerves rumbled even more last Friday ahead of the prospect of sending the ball down to New Zealand test match captain Brendon McCullum.

However, the Studley Royal bowler was denied the chance to bowl at the Kiwi as Matt Fisher castled the international star for six.

“I was quite happy I didn’t have to bowl at him, especially after he smashed the first six,” joked Coad.

With the T20 campaign under the lid, Coad is now eyeing a chance in the one-day format, or another opportunity in Yorkshire’s County Championship title bid.

“I am just trying to put performances in with the second team,” he said. “I feel I am bowling well at the moment but it’s still very hard to get into the team.

“I have to wait for my turn and if there’s an injury or another England call-up, then I have to take my opportunity.”